By Murphy/Euro Tour
Gavin Moynihan. Photo by Golffile
Gavin Moynihan capped a disappointing weekend with a four over par 76, to lie in tied 67th place at four over for the tournament and 17 shots behind JC Richie.
Ritchie overcame countryman Jacques Blaauw in a play-off to win his second European Challenge Tour title at the Bain’s Whisky Cape Town Open.
The South African went into the final day at Royal Cape Golf Club three shots off the lead but posted a closing six under par round of 66, including a birdie on the final hole, to reach 14 under par and earn a play-off against Blaauw, who had led from day one and posted a three under par 69 on the final day.
Ritchie only needed one extra hole to secure victory, as a birdie on the first trip back to the 18th hole could not be matched by Blaauw, meaning the 2020 Limpopo Champion was a Challenge Tour winner once again after a difficult year.
“Something is back, something is definitely back,” he said. “My game disappeared. That’s where the tears came from. It’s been a lot of hell, crying, a lot of bad times in the last year that I’ve gone through to be able to get myself into this position and to win again.
“It feels amazing. I keep proving to myself that I’m good enough to play on the bigger tours. Like I’ve said before, I think I still have a lot to learn out of our borders, in Europe and on the Challenge Tour.”
JC Richie. Photo by Getty Images
The 27-year-old experienced a slow start to day four but holed out from the bunker on the third hole to kickstart his round and begin the title charge.
“It was a strange final day, it didn’t really feel like I was doing much,” he said. "I started off quite scrambly. I didn’t feel like I was going to be able to put up a charge after the slow start. Then on the third hole, I holed probably one of the most difficult bunker shots I’ve holed out from, ever. That started some momentum and getting a birdie there, on the toughest hole on the course, gave me a bit of confidence.
“When I stood on the 16th tee, I thought I was tied for the lead and I knew I had to get one more to be really safe, to guarantee the play-off. Bogeying 17 wasn’t fun and it took a lot of heart to birdie this hole because I’ve played 18 terribly this week and I hit two of probably the best wedge shots and putts I’ve hit all week.”